Successful implementation of the new Eco-Design Directive

Author: CEmarking TEAM | Last edited: 28.05.2020

In order to increase the contribution of industry to the achievement of the energy targets for 2030, LOT 30 has been added to Regulation EC 640/2009 (ErP or Eco-Design Directive). With the adopted extensions of (EC) 640/2009 on the environmentally friendly design of electric motors, the use of IE3 and IE4 motors becomes tangible.

The extension of (EC) 640/2009 called Lot 30 requires the introduction of highly efficient engines in two steps:

From 1 July 2021, new regulations will come into force for the use of IE3 three-phase motors from 0.75 kW to 1,000 kW and the use of IE2 three-phase motors in the application area with a rated output between 0.12 kW and 0.75 kW.

From 1 July 2023, the energy efficiency of 'Ex eb' motors for increased safety with a rated output of 0.12 kW to 1,000 kW will then be newly regulated, as will the energy efficiency of three-phase AC motors that are not brake motors, 'Ex eb' motors with increased safety or other explosion-proof motors with a rated output between 75 kW and 200 kW.

Whereas the Regulation previously applied only to motors with a rated output power between 0.75 kW and 375 kW, the update now includes motors with a rated output power between 0.12 kW and 1,000 kW. In addition, the scope of the new ordinance only covers motors designed for continuous operation, i.e. operating classes S1, S3 >= 80 % and S6 >= 80 % according to IEC 60034-1:2017. For the first time, the ordinance also covers speed controls with three-phase input and those designed for operation with an electric motor that is within the scope. Whereby the regulation only applies to devices with only one AC voltage output.